2018 FARMHAND CROP: Matthew Liberatore

MVP of 2017 UA All-American game. Surprisingly dropped to TB at #16 in the draft. He’s going to need time to develop a starters mentality. He’s tall with an athletic frame that can add more muscle. The curveball is a major weapon already. Fastball control and consistency needs work. Will need to polish one of his other secondaries to stick in the bullpen. At 18, he’s still a long way from the Majors, but he has SP3 upside.

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2018 FARMHAND CROP – RUNNING LIST

In anticipation of the upcoming first-year player drafts in dynasty and keeper leagues, the Baseball Farm team is compiling a First-Year Player Draft Guide. Here is the running list of Pitchers and Hitters who have received our ‘Bottom Line’ treatment so far, with links to complete scouting reports. For now, the players are separated into ‘Tiers’. They will be ranked within their tiers later in the offseason (when all the Bottom Line reports are completed):

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Farmhands of the Week: 8/13-8/19

Continuing with our new format, here are Baseball Farm’s Farmhands of the Week for the twentieth week of the season, August 13 thru August 19, 2018.

Each week, we search the boxscores and use our own proprietary roto weighting system to pick one hitter and one pitcher who had the best week at each minor league level.

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2018 FARMHAND CROP: Andy Pages

Cuban OF signed by the Dodgers on March 1 for the new maximum deal of $300k. Video nonexistent, info is scant, so I’m basically scouting the stat lines for now, with the very big caveat that the stats are primarily from the DSL and are therefore quite unreliable. Listed at 6’1″, 180 lbs. He’s got a nice patience, power, and speed profile. Led the DSL in HR (9) at the time of his promotion. He recently moved up to the AZL Dodgers, so hopefully, we will get some more info and possibly some video on this prospect before draft time in the spring.

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2018 FARMHAND CROP: Nolan Gorman

Electric bat speed makes Gorman the most exciting prep bat taken in this year’s draft. Should generate plenty of pop with his swing. Hit tool needs work, but the pieces are definitely there. There were questions surrounding his defense, but he’s looked more than capable at 3B so far. Lots of variance: he could be a fantasy stud or he could be a Quad-A 1B. But, he might have more upside than anyone else in this draft.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Grant Lavigne

High school bat out of New Hampshire who probably dropped to the CBA round because he was a high school bat out of New Hampshire. The power is real, the swing is relatively simple and quick. He’s even flashed a little speed thus far. He’s a potential helium prospect who could rise quickly up rankings if he hits a ton of HRs. Coors Field is icing on the cake. He’s a prospect you probably need to overvalue for fantasy purposes.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Alek Thomas

Prep pick out of Mt. Carmel HS on Chicago’s South Side. Alek’s father (Allen) is the White Sox director of conditioning. He’s a two-sport star who turned down D1 football for a pro baseball career. Defense, speed, and IQ are his calling cards, but his hit tool has promise as well. Don’t be surprised if he outgrows his current upside projections. A fun development stock to own.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Jonathan India

1st round pick after an excellent Junior season at the University of Florida. 2018 SEC player of the year made a big leap in development this spring. No calling card tool, but he’s got fringe-plus potential across the board. Cincinnati committed to letting him learn to be a professional SS. Multi-position eligibility will be another feather in his cap.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Jarred Kelenic

Louisville commit was the first high school player off the board in this year’s draft, despite coming from a ‘cold weather’ school. Scouts and GMs love his makeup, giving him a potential “6th tool”. Widely considered as one of the best pure hitters in the draft, and his left-handed swing really does look sweet. Likely sticks as a CF, but has the arm for RF as well. Enough speed to steal double-digit bags in the bigs. The lingering question with Kelenic is how much can his power improve as he matures.

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2018 Farmhand Crop: Parker Meadows

Detroit’s 2nd-round choice out of Grayson HS in Loganville, GA. He’s the younger brother of Tampa Bay OF prospect Austin Meadows. Was committed to Clemson out of HS. Potential 5-category contributor. I don’t like his speed as much as most scouts, I like his power more than most scouts. He’s young and has a lot of development left to do, so his range of outcomes is wide. But if you’re looking for a high risk/high reward bat, he’s one of the best in the class.

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